What is the Buddy Program?
Buddy Program is an ESN Minho project that as the objective of welcoming and helping the students of Erasmus coming to the cities of Braga and Guimarães. The project is based on the principles of volunteer work and intercultural exchange.
Who are the Buddies?
Buddies are students from the University of Minho that agree to welcome Erasmus students and help them get settled.
Things that a Buddy might do can vary on each Buddy but can be for example: picking up the students at the airport, help them find accommodation, enroll and get around in the city.
What's in it for the Buddy?
The main reward is the contact itself between Buddies and Erasmus students. Being a Buddy is often the best way to feel the "Erasmus spirit" back home. So it's no wonder that most Buddies have either been or Erasmus before or intend to in the near future.
What's in it for the Erasmus student?
Erasmus students benefit primarily from all the help they get settling in. The first few weeks are known to be the hardest for any Erasmus, facing a different country, language, new habits. That's why Buddy Program exists. On the other hand, having a Buddy may be of some help in terms of making friends in the local student community. After all, there is a lot more to the Erasmus experience than classes and other Erasmus.